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Regardless of not trying like Stanford in any respect, Stanford can nonetheless win the Pac-12 – SB Nation

Posted in Trending Topics on 19th October 2018

Stanford beat Arizona State 20-13 in Week eight, holding on by benefiting from some terrible clock administration by the Solar Devils. The Cardinal sit at 5-2, but it surely hasn’t been fairly, and but they management their very own future — for now, with impactful video games left to go.

Stanford’s out of the nationwide title race, however the subsequent two weeks will outline their season.

They play each Washington and Washington State again to again, with WSU at house.

The Cardinal personal the tiebreaker over Oregon, as a consequence of a weird comeback in Eugene, and the Pac-12 South seems to be in disarray. Meaning the Pac-12 is there for Stanford’s taking for the fourth time in seven years.

The Cardinal had a really well timed bye week after getting thumped in two straight by Notre Dame and Utah. They rebounded properly to beat the Solar Devils on the street, and now issues are formed up for Stanford to make their annual try at reaching the Rose Bowl.

Controlling your individual future and assembly that future are two various things.

Stanford’s prime 50 in offensive, defensive, and general S&P+ rankings, but it surely ain’t by a lot.

This isn’t actually a classic David Shaw Stanford squad. It hasn’t been the road-grading unit we’ve come to anticipate. Famous person operating again Bryce Love’s been out and in this 12 months, and the operating again is nowhere close to the identical, even when he’s in:

The general dashing stats for the Cardinal are grim. Not together with the Arizona State win, Stanford was 127th in dashing yards per sport. One-hundred-and-twenty-seventh, out of 130 groups! It’s not like that is Washington State — which was one spot behind them at 128th. That is mental brutality Stanford that’s been about as brutal as a pillowfight on the bottom this season.

I imply, this S&P+ dashing profile is bleak, and the ASU sport wherein they rushed for 127 yards on 43 carries isn’t gonna do a lot to enhance any of those stats.

Stanford’s no less than common throwing the ball, which is propping this entire offense up.

However Stanford’s acquired a protracted method to go.

They’ve to date struggled to search out their id, and are searching for a foothold on the season. The ASU win was huge, and might be a constructing block for one thing later if Stanford makes a run, however it’s nonetheless a giant if.

There are attainable targets nonetheless to be met this season, but it surely’s not clear that that is the Stanford group that may meet them.

USC Soccer: The nice, the unhealthy and what stood out vs. Arizona – Reign of Troy

Posted in Trending Topics on 30th September 2018

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USC soccer held on for a sloppy victory Saturday night time in Tucson, defeating Arizona, 24-20. Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from the sport.

After a nail-biter, final Friday within the Coliseum JT Daniels and USC soccer took their present on the highway. The challenger this time can be Pac-12 South rival Arizona led by dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate.

The Trojans entered the sport Saturday with extra questions than solutions. Which USC crew would present up? Would USC begin to present enchancment? Would there be some semblance of an identification with this offense?  A scheme? Or perhaps one other entire set of points would come up?

In brief, sure.

Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from USC’s win…

The Good

The very first thing I observed watching USC is that the changes alongside the offensive line are beginning to pay dividends. Final week it was fairly clear that USC was making an attempt to emphasise getting downhill within the working recreation. Nonetheless, in opposition to Washington State, the downhill run recreation was beginning to telegraph itself. At the least one tight finish can be within the recreation, with Vavae Malepeai within the backfield and out of the pistol formation.

This Saturday it regarded as if the objective was to additionally get Stephen Carr and Aca’Cedric Ware combined into the downhill working recreation. In addition to doing a greater job disguising it, USC nonetheless ran its bread and butter zone performs. Nonetheless, they work a lot better when an offensive line is in rhythm and dealing collectively. And also you get them right into a rhythm by getting them downhill on double groups and pulling.

The opposite actually good factor I observed Saturday was a little bit of an identification forming for USC’s offense.

Now it might be the truth that I used to be giddy watching USC pull each the guard and the middle on Ware’s 26-yard landing run within the second quarter. However, after final week in opposition to Washington State and Saturday in opposition to Arizona, I feel I see what USC’s offense is aspiring to be. And that seems to be an offense that kilos the rock within the working recreation and throws it deep within the passing recreation.

It has solely been two weeks, but when that’s what USC goes to work in direction of the remainder of the season I can get on board with that. Put up 47 runs to solely 24 passes whereas getting the tight ends concerned within the passing recreation? Signal me up!

Canzano: Going A-Z on the win (Oregon Ducks) and loss (Oregon State Beavers)

Posted in Trending Topics on 31st October 2016

Canzano: Going A-Z on the win (Oregon Ducks) and loss (Oregon State Beavers)

Oregon beat Arizona State 54-35. And Oregon State led Washington State by three scores when you went to bed… but lost 35-31 by the time you woke up.

No better time to open a can of A-Z on them…

A) My Sunday column focuses on the only question that matters right now at the University of Oregon: Can freshman QB Justin Herbert save coach Mark Helfrich? After blowing a 31-point lead vs. TCU in the Alamo Bowl, the PAT debacle vs. Nebraska, having 70 points pinned on his team by Washington… Helfrich’s future feels in the hands of a kid who was basically a fill-in scholarship offer. If you saw this coming you do not need to dress as a witch for Halloween. You are one.

B) Communicated with Oregon State coach Gary Andersen after the loss to Washington State. He is insanely proud of the way his team is fighting… and simultaneously aware that he needs to recruit better to win games against good teams. Talent and toughness end up a sobering dichotomy. One that Andersen will have to resolve to win big games.

C) The Beavers did it with smoke and mirrors in the first half vs. Washington State. It was a McGyver-like effort. Ryan Nall had 19 carries for 131 yards and two TDs on the ground. Ultimately though, WSU lined up in the second half and said, “You ca not throw. We all know it.”

D) The Cougars were right. OSU rushed for 160 yards on 15 carries in the first half, but had only 11 rushing yards on 13 carries in the second half. The Beavers are getting better, and better, but they have a shortage of talent/speed/length.

E) Ducks quarterback coach David Yost first saw Justin Herbert in person during a trip to a Sheldon High basketball game. Remember, Oregon only offered Herbert a scholarship after four-star recruit Seth Green (now at Minnesota) decommitted. Yost said of the 6-foot-6 Herbert, “He was a tall, smooth athlete. He had that same look on his face no matter what was happening in the game. And after the game it was, ‘Yessir. No sir. Thanks for coming.'”

F) No kid. Thank YOU for coming.

G) Arizona State was missing six starters and had eight players miss practice this week due to injuries. But a win is a win is a win. It had been 337 days between Pac 12 victories for the Oregon Ducks. The O’s Andrew Greif had the game story.

H) Oregon’s opponents in the first seven weeks of the season managed two combined victories this week. Washington beat Utah. WSU beat Oregon State. UC Davis and Colorado had bye weeks. The rest of the UO opponents went a combined 0-4.

I) Beavers wide receiver Jordan Villamin caught 43 passes for 660 yards and five touchdowns last season at Oregon State. He did not catch a pass on Saturday and now has 10 catches for 90 yards in eight games this season. The disappearance of Villamin feels like a “60 Minutes” investigative report.

J) Maybe put Ryan Nall on the case. After all, he appears to be doing everything else over there.

K) While we are solving mysteries… anyone who is closely watching Ducks running back Royce Freeman (bruised sternum after being trucked vs. Washington) knows something still is not right. Freeman (17 carries for 38 yards vs. ASU) looked more comfortable than a week ago, but was still not himself. Tyson Alger of The O caught up with Freeman after the game.

L) Nothing wrong with Alger’s game. His story included this gem quote from Freeman: “I am not stressing about it or anything. As long as anybody else in the running back room is eating, I am eating.”

M) Still, Oregon is not better with a less-than Freeman. Seven of his 17 carries went for zero yards or less.

N) Washington State has a ridiculous group of receivers led by Gabe Marks (8 catches for 110 yards and two TDs). That said, I like Colorado’s group of receivers better than Washington State’s. But barely.

O) WSU coach Mike Leach blew off the sideline reporter on the way to the locker room with his team trailing 24-6 at halftime against Oregon State. That elicited scoffing and criticism at Reser Stadium, but really, what’s the value of that halftime interview anyway? It is worthless. You never learn anything. It is rarely even entertaining. It amounts to a coach who does not want to do an interview saying nothing as he fulfills a contractual obligation negotiated by a couple of attorneys when the broadcast-rights deal was cut. I had be in favor of losing that interview in exchange for a 60-second fight between the opposing mascots.

P) Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott did a worthless interview at Autzen Stadium at halftime himself. I asked him the first question: What’s up with DirecTV? His response: “No new updates. Same as last week. Yup, not for lack of effort, our team is always reaching out and trying, but nothing new to report.”

Q) Scott bolted in the third quarter for Reser Stadium, beating the Ducks game traffic. He did a similar interview in the press box at halftime there with OSU and WSU media. It is part of Scott’s regular college football tour. He hits every Pac 12 home stadium at least once during the season. This was his Oregon swing. I doubt he will be back given that Oregon and Oregon State (a combined 5-11 overall and 2-8 in Pac 12 play) wo not be bowl bound.

R) The conference’s bowl alliances (Cactus, Las Vegas, Sun, Foster Farms, Holiday, Alamo and Rose) remain a sore subject. But one I hope is solved after the Pac 12 gets the DirecTV issue fixed, and also, stops playing games that finish close to midnight.

S) USC has played in a record 33 Rose Bowls. Question: Among Pac 12 members, do you know which team comes in second? See answer below in entry “U”.

T) National recruiting expert Greg Biggins (Fox Sports) talked about the Ducks issues with recruiting (Read: negative recruiting) and the Beavers new obsession with JC talent on my radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) last week. Fascinating perspective and worth a listen of the podcast.

U) Answer: Stanford. The Cardinal have 15 Rose Bowl appearances. Washington is next with 14. Then comes UCLA (12), Cal (8), Oregon (7), Washington State (4), Oregon State (3) and ASU (2). Colorado, Utah and Arizona have never played in “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

V) The Civil War will be the biggest game of the season for both Oregon and Oregon State for the first time in a long while. Who ya got?

W) This week’s Civil War Fact: Don Essig, the legendary public-address voice of Autzen Stadium, is an Oregon State graduate. Meanwhile, Mike Parker, the long-time Beavers play-by-play broadcaster, is an Oregon graduate. I have a fun interview with Essig slated to post this week on my YouTube channel.

X) Essig will celebrate 50 years on the Ducks’ mic next month. Oregon now has celebrity guests introduce the rosters, but Essig does the rest. My favorite part of the Essig interview came when I asked him how much longer he will continue to be “The Voice of Autzen Stadium.” His answer: “When it stops being fun.”

Y) Oregon State’s game took 3 hours, 49 minutes to play. Oregon’s took 3 hours, 36 minutes. When you are kicking off at 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m., you are hosing everyone but the television networks.

Z) Oregon travels to USC next Saturday (Kickoff: TBA shortly) and is a 14-point underdog. Oregon State goes to Stanford (12:30 p.m. kickoff) and is a 16.5-point underdog.

— @JohnCanzanoBFT